Warwick Family

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The Story

In all this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials. These have come so that the proven genuineness of your faith—of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire—may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed. Though you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy. 1 Peter 1: 6-8

We all know that stay at home moms work really hard, and Krystal has been no exception. From loving on their 3 children, managing schedules, organizing the home, grocery shopping, cooking and cleaning to serving others in her community - she's done it all! However, as her condition has progressed, she is unable to care for her family, and more recently, herself.

Now it is our turn! As a community, let's step in to love and support the Warwicks through this difficult season, as Tommy continues to work full-time while caring for Krystal and the kids.

As you can imagine, good care does not come cheap! Full-time care for Krystal and the children is more than this family (or any!) can manage. We have an awesome team working to line up the best possible care solutions, but we need your help to make it happen!

How you Can Help:

Update 9/1/13:

Throughout this journey, all of us have seen repeating evidence of God’s grace. On the darkest and hardest of days, there have been visits, notes, meals, and donations. Grace

This week we received an exceptionally generous, anonymous, donation that helped us reached our goal of raising $20,000 for the Warwick family. Their only request was that God get the glory. Grace.

Another blessing came last week in the form of financial assistance from the state that will cover some of Krystal’s care. Grace.

Thank you so much to everyone who has prayed, served, and helped us meet our goal. What a tremendous burden to take from their family as they take care of Krystal and the kids. Grace.

During the first few months of the summer things moved and progressed and changed so quickly, it was hard to know what would be the same from week to week. Now, as Krystal’s condition has stabilized a little and school is getting ready to start, here is a quick update:

  • Tommy has been able to switch his work schedule to days
  • They have found an awesome permanent nanny for the kids that starts this week.
  • We have added more meals to the meal schedule: http://www.TakeThemAMeal.com/meals.php?t=KPKJ9415
  • Awesome friends, family, and church members have shown up in EVERY way to bless the family from cleaning out the car, planting flowers, to building ramps and stocking up the pantry.

Your donations via this website, checks, and transfers, have allowed this family to get the best possible, and consistent care for Titus, Eli, and Miriam.  The funds raised will cover 100% off the childcare costs, and the remainder of Krystal’s care in entirety for the next 6 months.  

Looking ahead- We are going to keep this website up even though our goal has been reached. This is going to be a long and expensive journey for this family, and if you feel called to go above and beyond in your blessing of them. Please do! We will also continue to share with you updates on how Krystal and her family are walking on this journey.

Again, thank you for your amazing generosity that has served as such a tangible evidence of God’s Grace in the Warwick’s lives.

Krystal's Journey:

  • Feb 25th: initial seizure, 10 days after Miriam's birth
  • March 22nd: tumor removal surgery
  • Diagnosed with oligoastrocytoma 
  • Radiation for 6 weeks
  • MRI's every 3 months
  • July 15: seizure 
  • Ongoing chemotherapy (pill type for one week each month)
  • February: MRI/PET scan showed growth of original tumor
  • April 5th: Gamma Knife Surgery
  • June 5th: multiple seizures,as a side effect of Gamma Knife
  • Summer, Fall: clean MRI's
  • December: MRI very encouraging (no new growth & shrinkage of existing tumors)
  • March 27th: routine MRI showed growth & new tumors
  • April 4th: Gamma Knife Surgery
  • May: IV chemo begins, to be administered 1x/month for a year alongside Avastin (aggressive treatment)
  • June 22nd: reported numbness/tingling on right side extremeties, began "stumbling"
  • July 2nd: routine MRI revealed another new tumor (located on the brain stem), IV chemo discontinued as ineffective, return to chemo in pill form, steroids ceased, ongoing memory loss, extreme fatigue, & language deficits
  • July 4th: enjoyed the Bothell 4th of July parade with her family under her own power, still mobile on July 7th
  • July 8th: right side no longer functional, now requires a wheel chair and full-time assistance to maintain safety
On November 19th Krystal went to be with her Lord and Savior.  She died peacefully after her nearly 3 year battle with brain tumors in the comfort of her home. 

If I donate, where will the money go?

100% of the donated funds (after the PayPal fee) will go directly to 3 critical needs:

  1. Childcare for Titus almost 6, Eli almost 4, & Miriam 2.5
  2. Medical expenses
  3. Home health care for Krystal
Your Gift:

To ensure 100% of your donations are correctly routed to these 3 priorities, we have set up a joint account with checks and balances throughout the process. If you would like to know more about how the money will be managed, please email Todd Neuharth at: toddski74@yahoo.com

This website does not charge a fee for hosting, but PayPal does charge a 2.9% processing fee, plus $0.30 per transaction. 

To avoid fees (especially on larger donations), there is an option to direct transfer money from your PayPal account to: warwick5family@gmail.com

Or you can mail a check payable to Tommy Warwick c/o: Todd Neuharth 17608 20th Dr SE Bothell, WA 98012

Fundraiser Updates

Posted on December 2, 2013 by Friends and Family


And she is gone...from our sight but never from our hearts. It was an honor to spend the last 12 hours of her time on earth with Krystal and an experience I shall never forget. It was as peaceful as a passing one could ever hope for, and she looked absolutely beautiful as she came face to face with her Lord and Savior.

Loss is such a hard feeling to describe as it can be so different for so many. There are plenty of tears, pain so unbearable at times it feels as if it could break us, and days when we ask why?  Know that as we all grieve the loss of Krystal in our own unique way, each of you is in our thoughts as well. This nearly 3 year journey was made bearable by the generosity of so many, and in so many different ways. Thank you! We have been blessed with cards, notes, meal deliveries, groceries, donations, visits, prayers, and phone call after phone call inquiring what did this family need, what could a friend do. Thank you! Our hearts may be sad as our journey continues, but our hearts are also overflowing with joy to have been supported by so many. Church friends, personal friends, family (near and far), clients, co-workers, teachers, newspapers, strangers and the list goes on and on. Thank you!

There are no words to possible convey our gratitude to each and every one of you, just please know that you have made a difference in our lives. We have been blessed and you are our blessing...Thank you!

~Aunt Cindy

Posted on November 24, 2013 by Friends and Family
On November 19th Krystal went to be with her Lord and Savior.  She died peacefully after her nearly 3 year battle with brain tumors in the comfort of her home. 
The daughter of Bev and Rich Woodward, Krystal entered our world on January 4th, 1984.  Raised in Bothell, she was a 2002 BHS graduate later attending WSU (Alpha Chi Omega) and graduating from U of W (Bothell).
It was while attending WSU, Krystal met the love of her life, Tommy Warwick.  After marrying in 2006, Krystal's lifelong dream of being a mommy was fulfilled as she was blessed with 3 beautiful children within the next 5 years.  It was a role she embraced and cherished.
She was predeceased by her Grandma and Grandpa Grandy (Vern and Bernice), her Grandma and Grandpa Woodward (Timothy and Beatrice), and her Uncle Tim.
In addition to her husband and young children, those mourning her loss include her sister Becky Clifford (Tom), her Aunt Cindy Sheff, Ron and Jeri Warwick, Becky and Rick Knoetgen, as well as numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.  Her friends in Christ as well as her friends from every corner of her life will be forever changed from having known her.
We, her family, are heartbroken, yet our loss is heaven's gain.  Krystal was a woman of very strong faith, not afraid to sit at the feet of her Lord and Savior, although deeply saddened to leave her young children and husband.  She dearly wished for more time with them but that was not to be.
We will gather in a celebration of Krystal's life on November 30th, at 1 pmat Mars Hill Church Shoreline, 2800 NE 200th St., Shoreline, WA  98155.

In Leu of flowers, please prayerfully consider continuing to support their family. They have found 2 amazing nannies who are currently caring for the children while Tommy is at work.  We would like to continue covering this expense as long as possible to allow Tommy to focus on his three little blessings.

Posted on November 20, 2013 by Friends and Family
Krystal went to be with Jesus last night.

Our hearts are sad, but we rejoice knowing she is with her Jesus now.

Service details and an update from the family will be posted when they are ready.

At this time, please just pray for their family. 

Posted on November 6, 2013 by Friends and Family
Aunties, Pink Piggy, Halloween and 5K
All three kids once again got to go spend some time with their Aunt Becky. They adore her, and we appreciate her efforts (quite the adventure getting to Bremerton and back) to help out in this way. Someone forgot to tell the powers that be that a middle of the night low tide is unacceptable when the Warwick kids are visiting. So no beach time this time around, but it sounded like they had a grand time at the corn maze and bouncy house, not to mention out for pizza. Upon arriving home I overheard Mr. Polite, (Elijah) ask her how long she would be staying. I find that hilarious as this is the same kid who asks me the same thing on my work days, the difference being he wanted Aunt Becky to stay (play) while I think what he is really asking me is "how long do we have to follow your rules?" Regardless I have always loved being an Auntie!
A few weeks ago a stuffed animal joined the menagerie that is Miss Miriam's 2 year old world. She has many and can usually be heard at any given time talking and singing to them. She has quite the imagination and I think she will probably be one of those kids with an imaginary friend when she gets a little older. She has attached herself to Pink Piggy like no other! She always needs to know where it is, and it is the only animal out of the crib with her each and every morning. And good luck if it has been misplaced at naptime or bedtime, we spend a lot of time hunting for Pink Piggy and if our efforts fall short...real tears! Thank you Gramma Becky for Pink Piggy! (might wanna snag another in case this one really does become lost)
The entire Warwick family went out trick or treating on Halloween and had a really good time. Titus, some sort of snake/lizard. Elijah, a monster. And Miss Miriam, Minnie Mouse. Tommy, Krystal, Gramma Bev, and I went as ourselves. This was the 1st year that Elijah was brave enough to march up to the door (hooray) but not so much Miss Miriam. She would follow her brothers only so far and stop(she needed her hand held) 10 feet from the door at the 1st few houses, (we then carried her up to the next few) and she went home with Gramma shortly thereafter. Titus and Tommy would have stayed out a whole lot longer but Mommy was tired after about an hour so back to Gramma's for the rest of us as well. 
This past Saturdaywas the much anticipated 5K in honor of Krystal, planned for weeks by her friend Nadya. Mother Nature tried to put a damper on the event, with wind gusts exceeding 30 mph, trees down, branches flying, and power out for some but we persevered. What a wonderful expression of love and support, from near and far, from family and friends. It was a much needed spirit lifter for many, a lot of laughter, some tears, and encouraging words from strangers. I met a nice lady who read the article in the Bothell Reporter, who was herself a 30 year brain tumor survivor. She wanted to come and meet Krystal just to let her know that although her story will end differently than hers, she was praying for her and the family. This was incredible to me, that a total stranger, with no ties whatsoever to any of us would come out on such a wickedly wild weather day to share this with us. She could have stayed within the comfort and safety of her home and yet chose to reach out to one in need. I did not think to ask her name but this woman's act of kindness will not soon be forgotten. The U of W Police department was well represented, as was Mar's Hill church. We were able to say hello to friends from Bothell High School, WSU, childhood friends, former neighbors, former bosses, former co-workers, even former husbands. There was an army of volunteers who cannot be thanked enough, and please know we appreciate each and every one of you who braved the elements to support us on what was a most amazing day. It truly was a blessing!
Our previously scheduled hospice care conference has been postponed for another week or so. Tommy and Krystal have chosen to have one last MRI that has been arranged for this Thursday, so the care conference will happen sometime after that appointment.
Our gratitude is immeasurable, as we feel the love and support shown to us from friends, family, and strangers.
Thank you so much~
Aunt Cindy

Posted on October 21, 2013 by Friends and Family

Falling leaves and Fire engines... 

With the onset of autumn also came the realization that this will be Krystal's last favorite season in our presence. Krystal loves this season of pumpkins, beautiful colored trees, falling leaves, the crispness of the air, and the aroma of something yummy in the crock-pot. She always looked forward to decorating the interior of their home with the warmth of the season, and the annual trek to the Pumpkin Patch. Oh how she looked forward to observing her kidlets scrambling to choose the most "perfect one". Her blog posts about their Pumpkin Patch adventures are just one of many things I am already missing. Tommy did manage to load the family into the van a couple of weeks ago and take them twice in one weekend, and they thoroughly enjoyed it.

The kids got to have another overnight stay at Gramma and Grampa's house while the Huskies tried to drown the Oregon Ducks. They were very excited to go as they were promised time in the hot tub "in the dark" and roasting(setting em on fire) marshmallows over the open fire. Miriam waited till 6:45 in the morning to wake Gramma for a diaper change which is the kids norm, but way, way too early for Gramma to be awake, let alone up! Husky home games are a good time to visit Krystal as the kids are usually not there, so you can have an uninterrupted conversation. And truth be told I think she gets lonely with just her caregiver for company.

A series of boxes arrived week before last, all addressed to different members of the Warwick household. I tried my best to "hide" them (per the senders instructions) but found that easier said than done. Six year olds have pretty good memories (when they want to) and Titus was very curious as to what was in each of them. Thank you Grampa Ron and Gramma Jeri...I so wish you could have been present for the smiles. There were goodies galore for the kids including lots of "military attire", yummies for Krystal, and when Tommy opened his, he said " this is just like Christmas"...and then the BIG BOX! The biggest, bestest, fire engine ever, before we even had batteries to make it operational! And just in time for Elijah's "special day" at school where he gets to bring the snack, present his "show and tell" and be in charge of some of the activities in his classroom. He chose to wear his new dark grey cords with red fire engines on them with his coordinating fireman sweatshirt and coat! And of course he took a fire engine.(the new one was far too big to fit in his book bag, but he had plenty others to choose from) He was a very happy camper to say the least.

Excitement is building for The War on Brain Tumors 5K next month. The kids have been informed of the event, and so ask daily "how much longer till we walk for Mommy?" Tommy is excited that he gets to go for a run, and we are all really looking forward to seeing everyone. The article this week in the Bothell Reporter was very informative and we are hoping that some of the same people from Krystal's past that saw the article in August about this journey, will read this one as well and be able to join us. We are encouraged by the number of participants who have registered and hope to register many more on the day of the event. 

Krystal's status remains about the same. I was finally able to meet her nurse when she came by last week. It was nice to be able to voice my concerns surrounding her health, (headaches, ravenous appetite, tiredness) and feel as if I was heard.

The hospice team has requested a family care conference that will include the social worker for the adults as well as the one for the kids, and the nurse. Tommy, Krystal, her mom, sister, and I plan on attending. We are not really sure what to expect out of this meeting, but I've got a feeling we are gonna need a box of Kleenex. The meeting is currently scheduled for Monday the 28th at 4pm at the house, and I hope to write the next update shortly thereafter. Until then, tell those that you love that you do!

Thank you for your continued support through your prayers, meals, visits, donations, and all the love that helps to lighten our burden. 

~Aunt Cindy

If you would like to bless the Warwicks with a meal- new dates have been added:

f you would like to register to join us for the 5k:http://waronbraintumors.azurewebsites.net/index.html

In case you missed the Bothell Reporter Article: http://www.bothell-reporter.com/news/228098241.html?utm_source=hootsuite&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=socialmedia

Posted on October 19, 2013 by Friends and Family
Feeling Blessed!

Krystal's Story is on the front page of the Bothell Reporter again this week.

We are so excited to see many of you at the 5k in a couple weeks!


Posted on October 3, 2013 by Friends and Family


So many have been so thoughtful throughout our journey, and our gratitude has no bounds. Your gifts of friendship, prayers, financial assistance, time, meals, and well wishes continue to lift our spirits. We are so grateful!

And now we will be blessed yet again. A friend of the Warwick's has taken on the task of planning a 5K Benefit Run/Walk for Krystal. Please check it out at: http://waronbraintumors.azurewebsites.net and join us if you are able!

We are grateful for her efforts in putting this together, as the entire family is really looking forward to seeing familiar faces. We can't wait for the opportunity to meet friends unknown to us as well!

On a much smaller scale Titus participated in his 1st "fun run" as well. Gramma Bev and I attended the walk-a-thon that he took part in last Thursday at his elementary school. Watching over 100 kindergarteners running and walking for 45 minutes exhausted us, as we cannot recall ever having that much energy. He was quite proud of his achievement, and once he figured out that he could run faster with his jeans buttoned, success was his! 

Speaking of energy...Krystal has days with some, and days with none. On occasion she will be up and awake for 10 hours at a time, and other days she will be up for only an hour and then nap for two or more. She has lost none of what makes Krystal...Krystal. She is at times funny as ever, determined, and unafraid to speak her mind. These are glimpses of the Krystal that we know and love, making the time spent in her presence truly a blessing. We are grateful for every minute of every day that she is with us.

With Gratitude~

Aunt Cindy 

Posted on September 18, 2013 by Friends and Family


Our journey with hospice holding our hands has officially begun. Tommy, Krystal, and I (note taker) met with Providence Hospice of Snohomish County on Monday afternoon. A social worker and intake nurse met with the three of us for nearly two hours. They could not have been more informative and supportive and explained everything very thoroughly. A visiting nurse will be stopping by, just once a week for now. Also there will be a social worker available for any one of us who just needs to share, to vent, or ask questions of.

This step of reaching out to hospice was a very difficult one to make, yet necessary as there are no longer any medical options available. I see it as the first step for all of us towards "letting go". Their purpose being to provide comfort care for Krystal without medical intervention going forward as the long good-bye continues. Please keep us in your thoughts and prayers.

Thank you,

~Aunt Cindy 

Posted on September 18, 2013 by Friends and Family


Our journey with hospice holding our hands has officially begun. Tommy, Krystal, and I (note taker) met with Providence Hospice of Snohomish County on Monday afternoon. A social worker and intake nurse met with the three of us for nearly two hours. They could not have been more informative and supportive and explained everything very thoroughly. A visiting nurse will be stopping by, just once a week for now. Also there will be a social worker available for any one of us who just needs to share, to vent, or ask questions of.

This step of reaching out to hospice was a very difficult one to make, yet necessary as there are no longer any medical options available. I see it as the first step for all of us towards "letting go". Their purpose being to provide comfort care for Krystal without medical intervention going forward as the long good-bye continues. Please keep us in your thoughts and prayers.

Thank you,

~Aunt Cindy 

Posted on September 16, 2013 by Friends and Family

It takes a lot out of her, but Krystal has chosen to go on a few outings as of late. She has always loved to go shopping for anything and everything. Taking her 3 kids along never seemed to slow her down or stop her from her weekly adventures to Freddys, Target, or Trader Joe's. The brain tumor, and her inability to drive, took these outings away from her. So a shopping she did go in the past couple weeks! The first trip was with Tommy to pick out birthday gifts for Titus. The second trip was with her sister, and caregiver Ann, for clothes for herself and some personal items. The three of them even went out to lunch at Olive Garden. It is through the generosity of others that this is possible as they have received many gift cards in recent months.

Last Sunday the entire family took in a baseball game at Safeco Field, as Tommy had been given tickets from their landlord. Krystal's Dad went along to assist with the kids. This was a 1st for them and they were beyond excited- of course they are all now fans of sporting events, thinking it is all about non-stop snacking! I am glad that Krystal was able to attend with her family to create another special memory with them.

Titus loves Kindergarten! When asked by whomever what he enjoys most, his reply is always the same "Recess". Good to know he is a typical kid. Elijah started pre-school this week and the house is now strangely quiet for two mornings a week for a few hours. It is amazing what you can accomplish with two less children to supervise and referee.

We returned to the local park to celebrate the 6th birthday of Titus. The lack of sunshine did not stop us from enjoying yummy chocolate cake, (per his request to Gramma) and the fellowship of friends. All of the kids seemed to not lack the energy to run and play while the adults visited with each other and Krystal got to gaze upon the babies. It was heartwarming to observe the interaction between Krystal and her friends, so patient and loving. Titus enjoyed his gifts and again I apologize for the whistles in the piñata mix. Hopefully they are all "missing" by today =) He received well wishes from near and far, as well as gifts and he truly enjoyed his special day.

The week began with the addition of Shyra, starting her schedule of caring for the children part-time. Not sure "part-time" is appropriate as three 11 hours days is more than part-time. She keeps the kids happy and fed as well as providing shuttle service to and from school. Welcome Shyra!  We also welcome the new Krystal Caregivers sent to us by Catholic Community Services. It appears we have found a good fit. Krystal's primary caregiver, Ann, is attentive to her needs and is willing to go along and assist on outings away from home during her shift. That is a blessing as Krystal seems to be in "go-mode" in recent weeks.Welcome CCS, we look forward to working with you.

While on our journey towards Krystal's "Home-going" we continue to be bolstered by the care, concern, love and support of so many. To those known and unknown to us, we are so thankful.  Bless you!      

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